Remembering Professor Lee Sing Kong (1951-2017)

Dear alumni,

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Professor Lee Sing Kong, NTU’s Vice President (Alumni and Advancement) on Friday evening.

Prof Lee, 65, was a widely respected academic known for his dedication to education. As Director of the National Institute of Education (NIE), he spearheaded many key initiatives that have greatly impacted teacher education in Singapore and internationally.

In 2014, he stepped down from NIE and was appointed NTU’s Vice President for Education Strategies, a position he relinquished in June 2016. As the Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU), he put his deep expertise in education to good use, leading NTU’s major foray into research on best learning practices for Singapore's tertiary education sector.

In August 2015, he was concurrently appointed NTU’s Vice President (Alumni and Advancement) and introduced new initiatives to strengthen the University's outreach to alumni and to grow alumni participation.

Prof Lee recognised the importance of an active and robust network of alumni and often spoke passionately about a 3-dimensional model of alumni engagement to foster closer ties among alumni, as well as between alumni and their alma mater. This has led to a significant paradigm shift in our approach to alumni outreach by working more closely with the Colleges, Schools and Halls.

He worked tirelessly and travelled widely to build bridges with our alumni, and establish alumni networks across the continents. He attended many major events in Singapore and visited overseas alumni in Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Cambodia, India, UAE and USA.

Under his leadership, NTU now has an Alumni Council and Executive Committee to provide strategic insight and ideas on how to better connect alumni with each other, current students and the university.

Beyond the University, Prof Lee also served on several national committees on education, agrotechnology and biotechnology over the years. He also served on the boards of several key establishments and was widely recognised for his contributions towards science, public administration and education.

His dedication and commitment to the causes of Education, Alumni and Advancement is known to all. Prof Lee has left an indelible mark and will be deeply missed by all who knew him, not just in Singapore but also internationally.

Please join me in expressing our deepest condolences to his beloved family and friends.


Professor Bertil Andersson

NTU President


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